Bali is already known for its consistent surf, so you can imagine how good it is at Balian beach, Bali’s most consistent surf spot.
Balian has waves for all levels of surfer and isn’t plagued by overcrowding in the water like many other places on the island, with waves almost every day of the year — even during the wet season when other breaks are completely flat.
Balian’s beach main draw is a very high-quality A-frame river mouth peak that serves up long rippable walls almost every day.
Balian beach has waves for all abilities, so whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll have a great time.
Balian Beach Levels
The waves on the inside, closest to the shore, are ideal for beginners, and board rentals and lessons are available on the beach.
Balian beach isn’t a sharp, shallow reef like many Bali breaks, so intermediate surfers will feel confident in the line-up, especially since there’s a deep-water channel to give tired shoulders rest on the paddle back out. Advanced surfers have their pick of the waves, with each side of the A-frame offering a different character.
The sacred river of Balian is responsible for the high quality of the waves here, having run for thousands of years and etching a deep water channel that stretches out to sea.
This deep-water channel directs the energy and power of the swell towards the beach, allowing even the smallest swells to produce one of the world’s most consistent surf spots.
Balian’s beach unique location below the mountains contributes to even better surfing conditions, as cool mountain air is funneled down from higher altitudes. Most days, this air creates an offshore breeze, which keeps the waves nice and clean.
Surfing Spots in Balian Beach
Lefthander with an A-frame
The Peak is an A-frame that gets the most swell and is right in front of the river mouth. The lefthander is a slower wave that breaks in both directions and can wall up for a leg-burning ride all the way to the beach. It can also be a mushier wave on some days, making it more suitable for intermediate surfers than high-performance surfers.
On a good day, the A-frame left is very rippable and a lot of fun, and with deep water on the west side of the river, the paddle back to the line up is also relatively easy.
Ketut’s A-frame righthander
The fast, hollower, and heavier right-handers on the east side of the river are better suited to advanced surfers. The rights are fast, quality down-the-line waves, but with relatively shallow water on the inside, the paddle back out can be challenging — especially on larger days.
When the right-hander is on, you’ll always find the local ex-pat regular-footed crew who, after years of hard work, know exactly where to sit for the best waves and which ones will break with the best shape.
In addition to the main A-frame peaks, there is an inside lefthander on the west side of the river that enjoys shelter from the trade winds. If you’re not feeling up to the main peak, this could be the spot for you. On very big days when the A-frame is closing out, the inside left is the only option and can still provide some fun waves.
Balian Beach is located near the main road that connects Denpasar and Gilimanuk. Balian Beach is approximately 60 kilometers or a two-hour drive from Denpasar, Kuta, or the surrounding area, or approximately 84 kilometers from the port of Gilimanuk Jembrana, Bali, and approximately 30 minutes from Medewi Beach.
To get to Balian Beach, use buses, taxis, motorcycles, or cars that can be rented on-site vehicle rentals. For tourists who have never visited Balian Beach, it is highly recommended that you rent a vehicle with a driver for your comfort, safety, and to avoid being misguided along the way.